Sydney goes undercover in a mental institution to meet a guy programmed to be an assassin. Meanwhile, back home in LA, Will discovers the true identity of "Kate Jones" and Francie learns the truth about Charlie.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Helen Calder
Charlie Bernard (as Evan Dexter Parke)
Eloise Kurtz
Dr. Kreshnik (as Eugene Lazarev)


As Sydney tries to adjust herself after the death of five CIA agents during the last mission in Badenweiler, she and Dixon are sent to London to snatch a FTL decoder so SD-6 can use by a cell sample from someone's DNA to create a code on identity cards. Sydney then goes to Romania to try to talk to the father of a murdered agent, not realizing the horror that awaits her. Jack gets transfered to the SD-6 offices to take a major role in the ops mission. Meanwhile, Will continues to investigate the mysterious Kate Jones, whose real name is Eloise Kurtz, who refuses to tell Will of her association with Danny. Francine continues to deal with her boyfriend Charlie who finally clears the air over his mystery woman, that he plays in a band with her. Written by Anonymous

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18 November 2001 (USA)  »

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This episode was nominated for the 2002 Excellence in Production Design Award for "Television - Episode of a Single-Camera Series". See more »


Eloise Kurtz says over the phone her car is not working to Will Tippin. Will then says he knows of a great mechanic if it would help her out. They then set up a time to meet in person at her place without Will giving her information on the mechanic. When Will goes to her place to talk to her at the specified time though her place is cleaned out and there is no trace of her. In a following episode though his mechanic friend calls Will to tell him his "friend" dropped off her car, but has never came back to pick it up. He never gave her any information on any mechanic. This plot hole allows for a set up for a main part of the entire series. See more »


Sydney Bristow: I know about you! That you were hunted by the F.B.I.! And I know that mom died because they went after you.
Jack Bristow: Sydney...
Sydney Bristow: Every time I think I know just how awful you are, I learn something worse.
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This episode is just a short path between two greater mysteries in the show that are one
11 June 2016 | by (Belgrade, Serbia) – See all my reviews

After the last week weak episode, "Reckoning" took the small, simple but right steps to the (slightly) better grade. All the scenes were connected very well and the plot is fine (except those two or three things but I will get there later). Characters didn't really get much of development but hey, it takes time.

The second mission (or the first, depends if you count extension of the last episode's cliffhanger as a mission) was amazing. I love it when they do the funny things on their missions, it just brings a little light on everything. But that mission in Romania, oh boy, that was predictable. As soon as they said psychiatric hospital I knew exactly what will the end be like : 1. very old hospital with equipment older then the age of all actors combined together 2. shady stuff 3. her partner (not Dixon) is probably gonna get himself killed .

I think it's safe to day that the last 25 minutes of the episode were a little lumpy. Francie's subplot is getting nowhere ( I am happy they didn't made Charlie a super-spy or a cheater, but seriously? Singing?) And Will is boring as ever, can't wait for him to finally find out the truth. Maybe his development as character takes a different path then.

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